Green cards are granted for a different reasons including family, employment, and asylum, as well as a few other reasons that are not as common. In order to be eligible for a green card you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for one of the immigrant types that are laid out in the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • Have a qualifying immigrant petition filed and approved for you;
  • Possess an immigrant visa that is immediately available; and
  • Be admissible to the United States.

Therefore, obtaining a green card is difficult and the number of people who apply for one every year is very high and only increasing. While a green card is effective at allowing you to seek employment and permanently reside in the U.S., it does not grant you citizenship.


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